Dispute Resolution

Ruder Ware’s litigators developed their litigation practice by being trial lawyers.

While  comfortable in the courtroom, our attorney team understands the importance of seeking creative resolution to disputes outside of the court system.  With outcome-oriented strategies as our goal, Ruder Ware’s litigators have substantial experience guiding clients through various forms of dispute resolution and frequently draft provisions in contracts to prospectively manage potential contract disputes.

Often, litigation expenses and processes can be out of proportion with the dispute.  As business advocates and astute problem solvers, our attorneys are skilled at forecasting the credibility and settlement value of a case and providing a decisive assessment on how best to proceed.  Mediation and arbitration provide opportunities to resolve disputes cost-effectively and efficiently.  Though our litigators have extensive trial experience, they also explore mediation as an option in every case.  Our team can take your case through mediation and arbitration as well as to trial.  Industries where our team has experience includes:  manufacturing, construction, banking, health care, insurance, fiduciary and professional services, transportation, real estate, and ag industries.

Should legal disputes extend beyond Wisconsin, Ruder Ware’s affiliation with Meritas®, an international alliance of law firms, means our network of lawyers can provide counsel for clients anywhere in this country or around the world.

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

Hold Everything: Do You Need a Litigation Hold Notice?

Posted on November 4, 2011 by

Recently, courts have awarded monetary sanctions ranging from $25,000 to $1,000,000 against companies that failed to prevent the destruction of electronic evidence. These sanction amounts reveal that the failure to implement a litigation hold and preserve evidence when required can have serious consequences for your business. Many business owners, managers, and human resources professionals believe […]

Limitation Changes for Small Claims Court

Posted on July 26, 2011 by

The 2011-13 Wisconsin budget bill raises the limit on many types of small claims actions. Effective July 1, 2011, the monetary limit for small claims actions for money judgments, replevin, attachments, and garnishments is $10,000 or less. Previously, the small claims limit was $5,000 or less. The increased limit does not apply to personal injury […]

What is the Price of Dignity and Privacy?

Posted on May 25, 2011 by

You have faithfully and scrupulously carried out your Mom’s wishes. You are her primary agent under her durable and healthcare powers of attorney because Mom wants you. She wants your companionship. She wants your care and attention. She moved from the homestead to live near you because you are the one she wants. She not […]

So You Are Ready to Serve As Your Mom’s Power of Attorney?

Posted on December 1, 2009 by

Mom (or Dad) has become more than a little forgetful. Dad (or Mom) is deceased (or is mentally incompetent). Mom has some medical conditions, but she still lives in the home in which you grew up. She is on Social Security. She has some savings, some stocks, some insurance, and the family cottage up north. […]

Termination During Healing Period Requires Renewed TTD Payment Under Worker’s Compensation Law

Posted on June 18, 2007 by

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of an employee’s claim for renewed workers’ compensation temporary total disability benefits (“TTD”) after he was fired for having violated a very important safety rule. The employee, Dennis Race, was an electrician for Emmpack Foods. Race suffered an on-the-job injury to his left hand. Race returned […]

What You Need to Know About Notice and Opportunity to Repair Legislation

Posted on May 1, 2006 by

Homeowners file a complaint against you alleging that defects exist in their new home. The complaint is the first notice you have received from the disgruntled homeowners. You notify your insurance company, get the complaint to your attorney, and the time-consuming and expensive litigation process begins. Well, not so fast. In many states – perhaps […]

Managing Environmental Impairment

Posted on April 10, 2003 by

Environmental issues permeate commercial and industrial real estate development and acquisition of businesses. In addition to traditional contractual mechanisms to allocate the risk of environmental liability, there are a variety of statutory protections to encourage Brownfield redevelopment. This outline will describe mechanisms available to the stakeholders in commercial and industrial development. I. LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNIT […]

New Burden Placed on Employers to Disprove Discrimination

Posted on September 1, 2001 by

Last year, the United States Supreme Court increased the burden on employers to disprove claims of discrimination. In a case known as the Reeves decision, the Supreme Court, for the first time, allowed a jury to find that discrimination had occurred based on “inferences” of discrimination rather than on direct evidence of discrimination. In other […]